The China Study (2005) is a book by T. Colin Campbell, while in Boston last weekend I had the "joy" (cough) of seeing him speak at an AMAA Boston Marathon symposium and speaking to him after.
I agree with his premise of eating whole, plant based food, but he says to avoid protein... when I asked him where you would be getting your calories from is you are to eat only whole, plant based foods (fruits and vegetables), he said the bulk of your calories would come from seeds/nuts/grains. I "informed" him that grains are in fact a refined food and rarely consumed in their whole state - he stuttered and couldn't respond. He then fell back on nuts/seeds... I said "as an athlete, how would I gather the calories and nutrients required to sustain activity consuming only seeds, nuts, fruit and vegetables" and he said he doesn't deal with athletes...
I'm venting here, but seriously man... you publish a book on optimum health and diet and yet can only prescribe your diet to people who are not physically active? Doesn't sound very well rounded to me! ALSO, he only appears to have studied "protein" as casein protein and not animal-meat proteins... the tests seem rather flawed to me.
Long vent. But whew. I cannot believe that he couldn't even defend himself...
Does "The China Study" really make sense to anyone?!
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on April 19, 2013
at 07:55 PM
Done by Denise Minger: http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/
She writes very well, by the way.
on April 19, 2013
at 07:52 PM
Some years back before I heard of Paleo diet I read 'The China Study' and thought it was great. I especially liked it because it was anti-dairy as I had developed a severe sensitivity to casein (..it causes my psoriasis to flare badly). Couple this with all those photos of cruelty at abattoirs and, well, it was easy to agree with the book.
Oh, but then I discovered Paleo and read Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet). Paul Jaminet thorough and easily understandable explanations put Dr. Campbell to shame. I don't even think his analysis is worth debating. Case closed.
I now try to avoid photos of animal cruelty. ;-)